A Fresh Dille

can you believe…

Posted in FOOD, VEGAN by clairedille on May 31, 2010

it is almost June? I can’t seem to grasp the fact that spring is coming to a close and summer is in the horizon. I should be completely aware by now, especially considering that the last week has been ridiculously hot. Have I ever mentioned that I am not the best person in heat? I feel weak, lose appetite (cranky? not me…) and more. The cooler, more moderate temps are what I prefer. One day last week, I was sitting at a shoot in 90+  degree weather for a few hours and when lunch rolled around, I couldn’t imagine eating a warm veggie burger. It also didn’t help that the caterer (whom also catered the last film I worked on) was flipping all burgers with the same spatula and tossing them around the grill, whether they were meat or veg. When working, I try to bring my own snacks, but the larabar and coffee breakfast was not ideal for me to sustain on, so I ate with the rest of the crew and hid any disappointment. The music video was for a pretty big “rocker” and I didn’t want to be the one complaining or asking the caterer to cook mine separately when they were already prepared.

Just a little rant…please excuse me.

Over the last few days, I have managed to fit in a few quality breakfasts.

This was rolled oats cooked in coconut milk, with frozen berries, banana, flax, and a raw almond butter and banana topping. Luckily, on this morning, the air conditioner was on so I could still enjoy some warm oats.

Over the weekend, I made Banana Blackberry Spelt Pancakes that didn’t fluff up as hoped but were still very delicious. V didn’t have any baking powder at his house so this was a simple coconut milk, spelt, flax mixture that I topped with a maple-coconut syrup.

Today, I had banana soft serve overnight oats that contained rolled oats mixed with an almond milk, coconut milk yogurt, chia seeds, and cinnamon and finished off with raspberries and almond butter blended with delicious banana soft serve.

Other eats that were enjoyed:

Yesterday, I decided to try the Daiya Cheddar “Cheese” I had finally found at Whole Foods. Back in the day I was a huge tuna melt fan, so I thought a good tempeh bacon, mushroom, and onion melt would be a good choice for lunch. Due to the lack of bread, I used a sprouted burger bun that worked wonderfully. Unfortunately, I didn’t plan well and piled spinach and avocado on top of the cheese so it may be hard to show the melting capability of this vegan “cheese.”

Many people have been raving about this “cheese” for a while now but I can’t say I loved it. Maybe it is because I haven’t had cheese in a long time, especially of the cheddar variety, and felt it was too intense. It probably comes closest to real cheese of all the vegan cheeses I have tried in the past though. Still wanting to try the Mozzarella flavor, I will be attempting to recreate this tasty looking combo this upcoming week.

The only other documented meal was last night’s dinner which involved red quinoa, spinach, black lentils, mushrooms, carrots, cherry tomatoes, and veggie broth. It was just what I was craving, and it did not let me down.

I wish I had more photos of yummy eats to share but a few were eaten on the fly or out before my first baseball game ever. Can you believe a New Yorker and someone who went to college in Boston had never been to a game before this weekend? Most can’t either…

Tonight we have a Memorial Day feast planned at my parents that I plan on sharing with you all tomorrow. I hope everyone has been having a wonderful weekend!

Other things:

-Have you tried Daiya cheese yet? If so, did you prefer one variety over the other?

-Do you love hot temperatures or prefer milder ones?

ciao for now.


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  1. Jill@MySoCalledHealthLife said, on May 31, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Your breakfasts look phenomenal!! I like hot weather and I better get prepared for even hotter since I’m moving to San Antonio soon!! You should have gotten all “diva” on that rocker 😉

  2. healthyexposures said, on May 31, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    oh i’m awful in hot weather, too! i like warmth – but as soon as it’s gross, humidly hot, i am such a wuss! haha. the worst is that i complain when it’s too cold, too 😉 i think heat makes me hungrier – but leaves me not necessarily feeling like i want to eat, though. it’s weird.
    your eats look amazing! i’m loving those spelt pancakes, even if they weren’t s fluffy as you’d hoped. the blackberry maple coconut part has captivated me, though.
    i haven’t tried the daiya cheese yet – but the mozz cheese intrigues me! can’t find it here yet, though. i’m not a huge cheddar fan either (or sharp in general – which is odd, since i love feta ON stuff. never plain cheese, though :P)
    hope you’re having a great mem. day feast, and have fun with the rest of the shoot!

  3. Kelsey said, on May 31, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    i havent gone to an official baseball game either.. well now that uve gone i guess im alone now haha. ohh i cant imagine how horrible that must be then, sitting oat and roasting in the sun. some people have a hard time regulating their temperature in the summer.. but i can understand the weakness feelings.. a lot of times i get that dizzy-like effect and my legs wobble.. not very fun.

    i cant believe how bright and fresh ur food is, everytime im on here my mouth drops to the floor!

  4. Amanda @ . seek . said, on May 31, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Time really does seem to be flying by. It feels like we were just celebrating Christmas, and that was almost 6 months ago. Eek. But I’m glad summer is coming, all the same. I don’t do well in extremely hot temperatures, but it hardly ever gets that way where I live, so I’m mostly looking forward to seeing more sun. Lately, the weather here has been kind of a bust, and it even ended up snowing yesterday (wtf?!).

    It’s good to see that you were still able to enjoy some delicious eats, though. Your breakfasts all look sooo good, so it’s a good thing I’m still stuffed from dinner, or I’d definitely be drooling.

    Hope you’re having a good Memorial Day evening, girl 🙂

  5. wendy @ ABCs and Garden Peas said, on May 31, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Love your breakfasts!

    I like milder temps right now, because I am a new mommy and I can’t take the little man out in the heat if it’s too bad, so I end up inside. Warm and sunny, but not too hot, is perfect!

    I do love to run in really high temps, though. I think I’m in the minority on that one.

  6. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said, on June 1, 2010 at 2:32 am

    “Many people have been raving about this “cheese” for a while now but I can’t say I loved it”

    THANK YOU for saying that! Ok i havent tried it b/c since giving up cheese and dairy 4-5 yrs ago, I have no desire for cheese. In fact, i cut it up for Skylar and Scott and it almost gags me the smell and once upon a time, i loved me some cheese, espi w/ wine 🙂

    Blog reading/Reader overload and stress. Yes. girl. Dont i know!

    Who cares if you mark all as read 🙂

  7. Megan @ The Oatmeal Diaries said, on June 1, 2010 at 8:27 am

    You are making me want banana softserve oats! And I love your cute little breakfast spoon. I havent tried Daiya but I would like to, although it’s not like I miss cheese too terribly. I cannot believe it’s June either! Where has the time gone?!

  8. Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine said, on June 1, 2010 at 8:39 am

    I tried Daiya cheese and I loved it, but since I’ve never been much of a cheese person anyway, I could kind of take it or leave it considering the price!! I’m definitely more of a warm weather person, though I do crave cooler foods, so the burger situation would have annoyed me too. Hope you have a great week!

  9. brandi said, on June 1, 2010 at 9:06 am

    great eats! that soft serve overnight oats looks so, so good. I need to get another food processor so I can make it again!

    We don’t have a WF, so I’ve never even seen that cheese!

  10. oh my gosh…i want one of everything on this post! and i can’t believe i haven’t visited your blog before. my apologies! i do want to try the daiya cheese and just see how it stacks up against the real thing. hope you had fun at your baseball game lady!!!

  11. Katie said, on June 1, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    I’ve never been to a baseball game, either! My dad and I used to go see the Knicks every year, but never any baseball. Or football! Or soccer! I guess I’m not so much of a sports girl.

    Hope your week is a little less busy this week and you get some rest… in the shade!

    • clairedille said, on June 2, 2010 at 1:01 am

      I love going to basketball games, but haven’t in years! I do love soccer and tennis though.

  12. Heather @ Side of Sneakers said, on June 1, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    I love your food combos! I’ve been using the mozzarella version lately- it’s pretty good!

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  15. Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) said, on June 2, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    All your breakfasts look so good!!!!

    I prefer mild … I cannot stand when it is too hot.

  16. BitterSweet said, on June 3, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Your photos are just gorgeous- Everything looks so vibrant, fresh, and delicious! That’s the kind of Memorial Day spread that I think anyone would love. 🙂

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